The iPad opens doors of opportunity for those with low vision. It makes reading possible (3 Ways to Read for iPad Users with Low Vision), serves as an affordable high end video magnifier (Turn Your iPad into a High-End Video Magnifier for Under $90), includes a built in zooming and magnifying gestures to use within applications and websites (5 Great iPad Gestures for Low Vision), and depending on an individual’s need, the iPad can do much-much more. If you would like to learn about all the amazing capabilities the iPad provides for low vision users, contact IPAT and set up an appointment for an iPad demonstration with an Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant.
Making the iPad an even better tool for low vision users, different entities develop apps to help with specific low vision needs. The Braille Institute’s free BigBrowser app provides low vision iPad users a simple and easy-to-read web browser. While learning about BigBrowser’s features below, think beyond the low vision user. The BigBrowser app can serve as a great tool for individuals who are new to either the iPad and/or the internet and tend to get lost within other web browsers, for those who are distracted by ads and other content – as BigBrowser helps simplify the search process, and for individuals who want to easily customize their web browser through a few simple options.
Large, easy to use navigation controls and keyboard with clear URL and Google search fields, and quick-access URL extension buttons (.com, .org, .net, etc.)
Easy access to various color themes to help better see the app, including black, white, blue, and yellow
Easy-to-read bookmarks page for quick navigation to an individual’s favorite websites
Enhanced pinch zooming for greater magnification
The app also includes:
If you have questions about the BigBrowser app, and other apps for low vision – contact IPAT!